Architecture Theory

Research associates

Dr. phil. Lidia Gasperoni is research and teaching associate at TU Berlin (Chair of Architectural Theory). She studied Philosophy in Rome, Freiburg i. B. and Berlin and obtained the doctorate degree from the TU Berlin in 2015. The book resulting from the dissertation was published by De Gruyter in 2016 in the series Actus et Imago, edited by Horst Bredekamp and Jürgen Trabant, with the title Versinnlichung. She teaches philosophy and architectural theory with a focus on aesthetics and spatial theory at the TU Berlin since 2014, developing interdisciplinary seminars between philosophy and architecture. She has been teaching also at the UdK and at the University of Kassel. In her current research, she explores the role of aesthetic practices and media in design processes including the challenge of the Anthropocene. She is the president of the non-profit association Fieldstations and member of the Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft und DGÄ. Since 2011, she has been the co-director of the Freigeist-Akademie für Geisteswissenschaften. Her publications include: Versinnlichung (De Gruyter, 2016); Media Agency, with Christophe Barlieb (transcript, 2020); Artefakte des Entwerfens, with Anna Hougaard et al. (TU Verlag, 2020); Site of Coexistence (IQD, 2021); and Construction and Design Manual: Experimental Diagrams (DOM publishers 2022). 

Visiting Professorships

Gennaro Postiglione is a Professor in Interior Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, DAStU Department. His research field is Interior culture, at the intersection between people, places, and practices, crossing architecture, ethnography, and material culture. The same theoretical background also nourishes his research by design activity focused on the adaptive reuse of minor and neglected heritage. He understands research and teaching – and tries to be consistent with them - as an integral part of design practice. During his career, he has tackled several different subjects and topics, almost with an eclectic attitude, but with a very clear interest in Architecture and its way of knowing, that is, to respond to people’s needs while reflecting on the Discipline's own principles (teaching/research blog:

Senem Kaymaz has graduated from Istanbul Technical University Department of Architecture in 2001. She took her MSc degree from the same university in 2005, with thesis entitled “Placelessness in Contemporary Architecture”. After experiencing as architect in several architectural offices in Istanbul between 2001 and 2005, she worked as research assistant at Bahcesehir University Faculty of Architecture between 2005 and 2007. Her PhD in Architectural Design at Yildiz Technical University was completed in 2012, with thesis entitled “The Potentials Endowed upon Space by Information Flows and an Attempt to Read an Information City: The Case of Istanbul”. She has been working in the Department of Architecture at Yildiz Technical University since 2007. She has got associated professorship in 2019 at the same university.

She joined the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham as an academic visitor to carry out a research project supervised by Prof. Dr. Jonathan Hale in between 2015-2016. Her visit was funded by a scholarship from “DB-2219-Overseas Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program” in TUBITAK.

She is now an academic visitor at the Department of Architectural Theory at Institute for Architecture Technical University of Berlin, and carrying out a research project supervised by Prof. Dr. Jöerg H. Gleiter by the end of August, 2024. Her visit is funded by a scholarship from “DB-2219-Overseas Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program” in TUBITAK.

Her research fields concentrate on architectural design theories and theories of space and place. She has published many academic articles in national and international journals and attended several international symposiums and workshops. She is a member of Chamber of Architects in Turkey.

Student assistant

Anh Hoffmann studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart and is currently doing her MA at the Berlin University of the Arts with a focus on social housing.

ARS - Architectural Research Stage

Dr.-Ing. Michael Dürfeld studied architecture and urban planning in Hamburg and Berlin and holds a PhD in architectural theory from the TU Berlin. As an architectural scientist, he has carried out research and teaching activities in Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires. In the Excellence Initiative „Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor“ at the HU-Berlin, Michael Dürfeld has conducted research in various projects, was co-initiator of the ID+Lab and was active in the management of the focus area Architectures of Knowledge. His research focuses on interdisciplinarity, network research and systems theory. He is a founding member of the Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V.. 

Zead Rahman is a software engineer and studied at the International Islamic University Chittagong and at the Technical University of Munich, where he completed his Master's degree. He wrote his master's thesis at Siemens AG on the automation of failure mode and effects analysis. He has participated in many research projects in academia and industry. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin.

Ferdinand List studied architecture at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Former team

Juan Anwandter, Sabine Ammon, Katharina Borsi, Jan Bovelet, Jasper Cepl, Sigal Davidi, Michael Dürfeld, Alberto Rubio Garrido, Jonas Marx, Giancarlo Poli, Boryana Valchanova, Sebastian Weindauer, Stefana Dilova, Sandra Meireis, Tom Steinert, Alexander Stumm, Paolo Sanvito, Sarah Gretsch